The 2019 Best Mid-Sized Companies to Work for in Colorado
Merritt Aluminum Products creates a culture that genuinely excites and inspires its 100-plus employees
In a job market with a record-breaking 2.6% unemployement rate, company culture is of the utmost importance for Colorado employers seeking outstanding employees. Which is why each year, ColoradoBiz, in partnership with ICC: Innovate. Coach. Consult., seeks and awards the companies (small, medium and large) that go above and beyond to culivate company cultures worth working for. These three companies – one winner and two finalists – represent the Best Mid-Sized Companies to Work for in Colorado.
Merritt Aluminum Products’ most sustainable competitive advantage? “Our team,” says Taylor Merritt, CEO of MAPCO, a leading manufacturer of high performance aluminum aftermarket accessories for the heavy-duty truck market. To that end, company leadership works hard to create a culture that genuinely excites the 100-plus employees. Staff members have access to a full suite of benefits, from profit-sharing and incentives to health care, but it’s the company’s core values that make MAPCO a great place to work.
Merritt and his partners are quick to say that their employees come first. “Without a strong team, we wouldn’t be capable of delivering value to our other stakeholders,” he says.
MAPCO lives by its core values of integrity, trust, excellence, respect and teamwork. Those values solidify a culture of transparency, trust and open-door communication which are key to a productive and empowered workforce. “We always celebrate individual wins and successes,” Merritt says, explaining that achievements are honored with company-wide meals and/or team gatherings.
In a field flush with revolving-door workplaces, Friday Health Plans (previously Colorado Choice Health Plans) boasts a mere 2% turnover rate, compared with an industry average 30%. Some 60% of team members sit on “culture committees,” ranging from social and wellness groups to an innovative employee-staffed performance evaluation committee. Employees come together outside work for everything from book clubs to Tough Mudder races, and the turnout for the company-sponsored 5K is always high. Taking advantage of their yearly volunteer hours, employees team up to fill boxes at food banks, prepare meals for the homeless and walk shelter dogs.
In addition to the typical perks, including catered lunches and happy hours, commercial design firm Interior Environments ups the ante with everything from baby showers to a monthly 5K community fun run and walk. Wellness Wednesdays – lunchtime yoga on the rooftop – were an instant hit this summer. Staff members can bring furry friends to work on Fridays and are invited to Friday Fun Time, a hangout session during the last hour of the work week.
“We have a very strong sense of community here,” says business development consultant and principal Jamie May. Employees often ski or bike together outside the office, which happens to be a renovated firehouse that employees are genuinely excited to get back to on Monday mornings.